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How to Enter Recovery Mode on Moto X Style

Recovery mode on the Moto X Style can be accessed easily if you follow the right steps. As with all Android phones, Moto X Style comes with a built-in recovery partition. Consider this as a back door created for maintaining, updating and managing your phone outside of the stock Android Operating System. Our detailed guide will hopefully have you in the recovery mode in a matter of seconds. The stock recovery features are sometimes lacking and don’t support third party software which is why some people lean towards custom recoveries. What ever the case might be, our procedure will help you access the recovery partition on your Moto X Style.  You can get into the recovery mode on Moto X Style using the simple steps we have given below.

We will be covering the Moto X Style in detail with more tutorials like this. Most Android users if not all, prefer to have a custom recovery installed even if they don’t use it as much, like TWRP 2.8 Recovery or any other. This popularity is mainly due to the fact that custom recoveries are as useful as advertised, letting you create system backups, flash ROMs and wipe certain partitions of your system. Let’s move down further and see how can you enter this Recovery Mode on the Motorola Moto X Style.

Not all Android phones come with a built-in recovery, like the Sony Xperia line but fortunately, Motorola tends not impose this restriction. The purpose of this recovery is to provide a back-door when your system fails or you can’t boot into your phone. Essential things like wiping every single piece of user data or even applying stock updates can only be done through the recovery. Whenever you do them, the phone first takes you to the stock Android recovery and then performs that specific function.

 

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What is Recovery Mode?

Recovery mode is a built-in feature with Android OS. Phones which don’t have a recovery are bound by their respective manufacturers rather than Android itself. The thing which varies from device to device, is the method you use to gain access to the recovery.

Features at your disposal once you enter the recovery mode include the ability to apply an update. Usually this is done when you have access to the official update ZIP from Motorola. This method doesn’t void warranty and is itself used by Motorola. If you  have applied an OTA(Over-the-air) update on your phone, you’ll notice your phone rebooting into a screen where an Android figure is shown with a progress bar. This is the recovery.

After that, you can select to wipe either your cache partition or perform a full factory reset. Cache partition format allows for all the cache and temporary files to be deleted. Oppositely, Factory reset deletes everything except the basic system. This includes your user data and cache. You would be using either of these if your phone is stuck while booting or you are experiencing slow downs and app crashes.

We’ll also like to warn the dangers of recovery after you have read the benefits. Wrong use of recovery can potentially end up in loss of whole device or a corrupt system. Don’t worry the probability of this is very less as there are protective measures in place. Every file is first verified before proceeding the task and confirmation is taken once you select a task.

Custom recoveries are also very similar to the stock one. These recoveries include popular flavors such as CWM (ClockWorkMOD) and TWRP (TeamWinRecoveryProject). Accessing a custom recovery is same as accessing the stock one. Features you get with the custom variant is the ability to flash ZIPs (Custom ROMs and Themes), wipe certain partitions rather than cache and rest only, make system backups and more.

Motorola Moto X Style Recovery Mode

You can enter Recovery Mode on the Motorola Galaxy S4 using the following three methods:

  • by hardware buttons
  • by ADB on Windows
  • by ADB on Mac OS X

Let’s have a look at each method below. You can use whichever way you find the easiest.

NOTE: The following steps can be used to enter Recovery Mode on the Motorola Moto X Style (all variants).

Method 1 – Enter Recovery Mode using Hardware Buttons on Motorola Moto X Style

Step 1 – Turn OFF your phone.

Step 2 – Now press and hold the Volume Down and Home button for 5-6 seconds then release.

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Step 3 –  After you let go of the buttons, you would see the Fastboot menu pop up. From this menu, scroll downwards to Recovery and select it. Scrolling is done via the Volume Down button and the Volume Up button acts as a select/click button.

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Step 4 –  Once you select Recovery, you should see the Android in distress logo. Further steps are Android version specific so select the one which applies to you from the list below:

  • Android 4.4 KitKat and above:
    • Press and hold the Volume Down button for 15-20 seconds, while holding the button, press and release the Power Button. You should now see the Recovery options pop up.
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop and above:
    • Press and hold the Power Button for 2-5 seconds, while holding it, press and release the Volume Up button. You should now be seeing all the Recovery options.

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You can now navigate around the recovery mode using your volume and power buttons!

Method 2 – Enter Recovery Mode using ADB on Windows

Step 1 – Make sure USB drivers / ADB drivers for Moto X Style have been installed and ADB is configured on your computer.

Step 2 – Connect your Moto X Style to your PC with a USB cable and install ADB drivers (if needed).

Step 3 – Navigate to android-sdk-windows\platform-tools directory and open Command Prompt (Shift + Right-click anywhere in the folder > Open Command Prompt).

Step 4 – Type in the following command and press Enter.

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Step 5 – Your Moto X Style will turn OFF and then boot into the Recovery Mode. The Android in distress logo will be displayed, perform Step 4 from Method 1. If done successfully, you’ll be booted into recovery with all options displaying!

If you need any help regarding this, feel free to drop us a comment below or read: How to Enter Recovery Mode on Any Android Device.

Method 3 – Enter Recovery Mode using ADB on Mac OS X

Step 1 – Make sure USB drivers / ADB drivers for Moto X Style have been installed and ADB is configured on your computer.

Step 2 – Connect your Moto X Style to your Mac with a USB cable.

Step 3 – Now open Terminal app on your Mac and enter the following command and press Enter:

/<PATH>/android-sdk-macosx/platform-tools/adb reboot recovery

NOTE: <path> should be the location where your Android SDK is stored. If android-sdk-macosx is in your main user directory, you can skip the /<PATH>/ part from the line given above.

Step 4 – Your Moto X Style will turn OFF and then boot into the Recovery Mode. The Android in distress logo will be displayed, perform Step 4 from Method 1. If done successfully, you’ll be booted into recovery with all options displaying!

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If you need any help regarding this, feel free to drop us a comment below or read: How to Enter Recovery Mode on Any Android Device.

You may also be interested in:

  • How to Root Moto X Style – Complete Tutorial.
  • How to Install TWRP Recovery on Motorola Moto X Style.

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